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  • Family (farm) affair: my connection to Eliot Coleman’s rise to prominence

    Portrait of the farmer as a young man: Eliot Coleman with children, circa early 1970s.Reprinted with permission from Melissa Coleman. I’m not sure exactly what it means to play a cameo role in a family memoir exploring the roots of today’s food movement; but certainly it makes you keenly aware of how quickly the years […]

  • Innovative farmer Eliot Coleman speaks [AUDIO]

    Eliot Coleman.Eliot Coleman is one of the most innovative, successful, and influential small-scale farmers in the United States. Eliot runs Four Seasons Farm in Maine, where he has become legendary for producing top-quality vegetables through Maine’s harsh winters. His books, which include The Winter Harvest Handbook, and Four Season Harvest, are considered bibles among farmers […]

  • Small is beautiful (and radical)

    Biodiversity in action: lettuces grow at Four Season Farm. Photo: Four Season Farm This post was adapted from an address Coleman gave at this year’s Eco-Farm conference in California. ——————— When a friend told me of two of the proposed discussion topics for a major agricultural conference–“What is so radical about radical agriculture?” and “Is […]